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Croatia • Istria • VrsarPainting holiday

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Illustrating Istria
Istria is the largest peninsular in the Adriatic Sea, and only two and a half hours from Venice, it has a rich Venetian legacy, though many of the fabulous waterside palazzos are from the Austro-Hungarian era. Our locations will mix the grandeur with remote hill villages, including the smallest town in the world, and lovely waterside settings. We’ll even pop over the border into Slovenia to visit the fabulous waterfront town of Piran. The holiday is a colourful delight.

A typical itinerary on this painting holiday in Istria, Croatia

Arrival day

Leaving Pula, we arrive in Vrsar in time to explore the old town and enjoy a drink looking out across the islands and harbour.

On the waterfront

We split the day between the old town around the hotel and the colourful harbour below.

Picturesque Piran and hilltop heaven

Just across the border into Slovenia lies the fabulous waterfront town of Piran. After spending the morning here we head for the medieval and artistic hilltop villages of Grožnjan and Oprtalj – full of subjects including tiny squares, church towers, narrow streets, doors and windows.

Humble Hum

A scenic journey takes us to hilltop Hum, claimed to be the smallest town in the world. Here we will spend the day combining views of Hum with more intimate subjects from within the town. On the way home we stop to taste local products.

Free Day

Explore Vrsar, wander down to the harbour, or take the early ferry to Venice for the day.

Ancient Rome

We spend the morning sketching the Roman history of Pula – the majestic Amphitheatre and the cafe scenes outside the Temple of Augustus. The afternoon is spent in the pretty waterfront fishing village of Fazana with colourful buildings, cafe scenes and views out to the Brijuni islands.

Ravishing Rovinj

We spend the day amidst the colourful houses of Rovinj, a visual and historic waterfront treat.

Departure day

We depart early for Pula airport.

Note: This is a selection of the many options available on this painting holiday in Istria, Croatia. Weather conditions, group interests and the tutor will influence the final itinerary.

Where we stay

Hotel Vista

Hotel Vista sits in the old hill part of Vrsar and looks out over several small islets and the marina below. Lovingly restored from a collection of six old stone houses by a young couple, the hotel creates a beautiful ambience on several levels. The rooms are all attractively restored, there are several different exterior relaxing areas with the option of shade and the staff could not be more helpful. There is no lift but we have booked the rooms with least stairs – usually around 7 to bedrooms and an additional 15 steps to the breakfast area. All but two rooms have sea views.

Bedroom, Hotel Vista, Croatia Hotel Vista, Croatia
Hotel Vista, Croatia Hotel Vista, Croatia

Airport transfer time
Approximately 1 hour
What's included
5 full days of painting tuition
7 nights in en-suite accommodation
7 breakfasts and 5 lunches
6 dinners with wine at local restaurants
Personal welcome at Pula airport
Services of full-time tour manager
Day in Piran, Slovenia
Wine and local produce tasting
Boards and chairs provided
Visits to Hum, Rovinj, Rožnjan and Oprtalj.
Where we stay
Getting there
Pavements paths and stony tracks. All subjects within 400 yards of our transport.

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